A set of internationally accepted units to aid in communication of measurements.

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What are the units pm/K?

I can only think of picometres, but it doesn't seem to make sense. Here is the context, from the paper 'Towards Reproducible Ring Resonator Based Temperature Sensors', Klimov et al., Sensors & ...
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Do all equations have identical units on the left- and right-hand sides?

Do all equations have $$\text{left hand side unit} = \text{right hand side unit}$$ for example, $$\text{velocity (m/s)} = \text{distance (m) / time (s)},$$ or is there an equation that has different ...
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Why doesn't this flow rate formula work in SI units?

I have been using the formula below to calculate the flow coefficient of a nozzle: $$Q = C\frac{\pi d^2}{4}\sqrt{\frac{2P}{\rho}}$$ where $Q$ is flow rate in cc/s $C$ is the flow coefficient $d$ is ...
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Classification of plane angle as fundamental or derived

I recently started with my high school studies and the chapter I am stuck at is units and measurements. I was told about two types of physical quantities and my teacher gave me the following ...
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What is the difference between emu and esu?

Ok...so this is the statement given in my book: a) In C.G.S System the unit of charge is electrostatic unit of charge (E.S.U). It is also called Stat Coulomb (StatC). b) In C.G.S system, the unit ...
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Atomic Clocks: How is time measured?

I am trying to understand atomic clocks better. I am not getting HOW the cesium oscillation is actually being counted. So from my understanding of an older atomic clock: cesium gets heated-> ...
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The definition of the unit of Force

Below, I quote what my physics textbook says. $$F=kma$$ The units of force are so chosen that this constant of proportionality, $k=1$.Therefore $F=ma$. For this, one unit of force is defined ...
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What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)?

What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)? What is difference between kg weight and gravity? I am not so good in physics so please explain in a lot of detail (but sorry for this silly ...
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What are the units for tenths-of-a-millimeter?

I'm seeing all kinds of mixed representations for what is a SI unit that doesn't seem to be easily representable with the Latin prefixes. Generally I stick one of the nominal ones and scale my plots ...
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Is “power to mass ratio” in fact independent to mass?

I was trying to find power to mass ratio of sun (work done per second at each unit mass at average), but I found the unit is quite straight: W=kg m^2 s^-3 Then ...
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Does the imperial system have any advantages (besides its wide acceptance in the US)? [closed]

The United States (and one other country, somewhere in Africa I think) uses the imperial system (feet, pounds, etc.), while pretty much everyone else uses the metric system (meters, kilograms). The ...
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Why is second the duration of exactly 9192631770 periods of radiations?

Why is a second equal to the duration of 9192631770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom? Why is the number of ...
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Solid Body Rotation: ω in radians/second or rotations/second?

I am just wondering if I use the solid body rotation equation rotational energy = 1/2mr^2ω^2 and I solve for ω, and then plug in numbers, does the ω come out in radians/second, in rotations/second, ...
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Why are these equations valid despite seemingly inconsistent units?

I am having quite a difficult time in trying to understand what units are used in this paper and how to convert things to SI. For example, look at equation (1): $$T_M \approx 1500 \rho^{1/3}\ ...
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Units for volume and density

I am a bit confused with using the appropriate units. I have two values for density and volume which contain units of: Density $\rho$ = kg m^-3 Volume v = m^3 One thing i am confused here is why ...
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Dimension of an angle [closed]

Usually angles are described as dimensionless, justifying this by saying that they can be viewed as length divided by length. As a student of mathematics I'm asking myself wether this is a convention ...
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How are the SI units “generalised”?

How exactly are the SI units generalised from their definitions? E.g. the kilogram is a weight of an object of cylindrical form, with diameter and height of about 39 mm, and is made of an alloy of ...
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Pressure at ground level and at sea level

1atm = 101325pa 1bar = 100000 pa 1atm = 1.013 bar 1bar = 0.987atm From wiki: The bar is a metric (but not SI) unit of pressure exactly equal to 100000 Pa.[1] It is about equal to the atmospheric ...
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Why isn't a meter defined from a kilogram of water?

Why are there different official definitions for a kilogram and for a meter when a meter can be defined by the volume of a kilogram of water? For instance, using the triple point or some other state ...
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Why are measurements standardized the way they are?

Using meters as a base length, squaring or cubing lengths smaller than 0.67m makes the square term larger than the cubed term. This fact causes certain properties of physics (how rain needs to form?) ...
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Why does the vacuum permeability have the value of $\pi$ in it?

The vacuum permeability, or the capability of the vacuum to permit magnetic field lines, contains the value of $\pi$. Why? What does this have to do with the ratio of a circle's circumference to its ...
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Are the 7 base quantities in SI system really independent?

In a typical description of the 7 base quantities of the SI system we see the following two points: All other quantities can be derived from them. They are "independent". My question is about ...
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What is time measured against? [duplicate]

Today I was observing a clock and its movement, every second is an exact second on every clock. I was making a comparison between a second and a meter. I know in France there is a metal stick one ...
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Calculating accuracy, error, full scale error, relative error and more in a specific case

I recently bought a O2(oxygen) sensor and I am trying to figure out the error in the percentage O2 (O2pct, unitless but in %) output value that it gives out. This error is not stated in its data ...
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System of Units where Coulomb's constant $k_e = 1$?

I am reading (and trying to replicate the results of) a paper in the field of condensed matter physics. The system consists of a spatially separated electron and hole whose Coulomb interaction is the ...
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Why does physical quantity misinterpretation result in near-identical torque results?

I am going to use an equation $$\text{torque} = \frac{\text{power}\times 5252}{\text{RPM}}$$ derived on Wikipedia. Suppose that $\text{power} = 100\ \mathrm{hp}$ and $\text{RPM} = 5252\ \mathrm{rpm}$ ...
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How the standard units for length force and time are defined in US Customary Units as standard units are defined in SI?

I'm much confused about US customary units so I want to ask a lot more questions under single question.First how standard units ,in US customary Units,of force time and length are defined as second or ...
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Unification: what does it mean for the forces to become equal?

The Coulomb force constant $k_c$ has si-units of $Nm^2C^{-2}$. The gravitational force constant $G$ has si-units of $Nm^2kg^{-2}$. What does it mean that at very high energies these forces become ...
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What forms can units take?

They have stated in my physics book that all units can be made by combining SI base units. I have got a few question about this. Can we raise one unit to the power of another unit? For instance: ...
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Intitutive meaning the unit of Force $N$

I infer 1 Newton of force = 1 kg.m/ sec squared means a force if acting continuosly on a body at rest would make it gain an acceleration of 1 m/sec squared each second.So the change in velocity is 1-0 ...
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Is the speed of light in vacuum constant or does the math just happen to work out?

My apologies if my question is really idiotic, but I ask sincerely because I want to learn. Based on this question and lots of other places on the web, this topic seems to be really confusing. Let's ...
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Why is Ampere not a derived SI unit? [duplicate]

From my understanding, Ampere is amount of elementary charge per time. So, you should be able to derive it from mol, which is amount, and seconds, which is time. My question: Why is Ampere a base ...
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What is the meaning of SI unit $Ns$ (NEWTON.TIME)?

for ex: when i say newton per meter it mean that 1 newton is applied per 1 meter. but what i mean by saying N.s (s=time in sec) i.e Impulse or momentum. N.s does not mean that certain force is being ...
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Messed up units!

In the article, Environment-assisted quantum transport, $\gamma$ is a constant equal to $2\pi kT/\hbar*E_{R}/(\hbar\omega_{c})$ where $T$ is the temperature, $k$ is the Boltzmann constant. ...
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What is $c$ in the Lorentz force expression?

The usual Lorentz force expression I am familiar with is this: $$\vec F=q(\vec E+\vec v \times \vec B)$$ I have seen some other versions lately that include an extra factor $1/c$: $$\vec ...
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What is the reason we originally and still use the non-SI unit, the Jansky?

The Jansky is the unit for spectral flux density. It is defined as $$1 {\rm \ Jy} = 10^{-26} {\rm W \ m^{-2} \ Hz^{-1}}$$ in terms of Watts per square meter per Hertz. I've never quite understood ...
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Mass-energy-equivalence's effect on SI units?

Maybe I'm misunderstanding mass energy equivalence, but can we use it to get rid of the Joule (or the kilogram) and have a single unit for both? It seems weird that if they're equivalent they'd have ...
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Why is the candela a base unit of the SI?

The candela is defined as The candela is the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency $540\cdot10^{12}$ hertz and that has a radiant ...
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Is the second defined arbitrarily? [duplicate]

According to the definition a second is defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of ...
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What is the fundamental units for coulomb? [closed]

Everything I saw suggests coulomb has no fundamental units. So then how is Newton/Coulomb equivalent to Volt/meter?
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Why is the mole/“amount of substance” a dimensional quantity?

According to the BIPM and Wikipedia, "amount of substance" (as measured in moles) is one of the base quantities in our system of weights and measures. Why? I get why the mole is useful as a unit. In ...
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Usage of singular or plural SI base units when written in both symbol as well as name [closed]

I have multiple doubts related to the usage of singular or plural SI base units when written in both symbol as well as name. I have framed this question under two parts, namely, Part (a) and Part ...
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Why is the prospective new kilogram standard a sphere?

I can understand the choice of material, silicon 28, but why is it a sphere rather than (say) a cube? Article here I would have thought that a sphere would have been the hardest shape to machine ...
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Convert cubic feet per sec to feet per sec

Is there a way to convert cubic feet per sec to feet per sec. Or in general volumetric flow to velocity? I want to know the time taken by water to travel from point A to point B. I have the distance ...
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Why is energy not an SI base unit?

According to a textbook I have begun to read, there are seven base SI units: Length Mass Time Temperature Amount of a substance Electric current Luminous intensity What I do not understand is, why ...
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Why is an Ampere an SI unit? [duplicate]

It has always annoyed me that an Ampere is an SI unit, rather than a Coulomb. Why is this the case? Was current discovered first historically? I believe that the standards were published in the 1960s, ...
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Where does the joules come from (ideal gas constant)?

I have not done any physics in ages and have recently started studying it. The first chapter in my book deals with the ideal gas constant: $$pV=nRT$$ It is rewritten as: $$R=\frac{pV}{nT}$$ When I ...
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Why are grams usually only expressed as milligrams, grams or kilograms?

I'm a physics (and electronics and astronomy, etc.) enthusiast. As I learn and research topics, I notice that many SI units are often expressed using a variety of prefixes, such as in electronics ...
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Why was the original definition of meter abandoned?

The meter was originally intended to represent $1$ ten-millionth($10^{-7}$) of the distance from pole to equator of the Earth along a meridian of longitude. The definition was later discarded. ...
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A query regarding constant $\frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_{0}}$ in Coulomb's Law [duplicate]

In our physics class we were discussing about Coulomb's Law and equation for the electrostatic force between two points: $$F_{e}=\frac{Q_{1}Q_{2}}{4\pi \epsilon_0 r^2}$$ From the equation a query ...